Chapter 240: Bail him
The massacre by Xiao Luo at Long Sankui’s villa shocked all the police officers who were at the scene. These were experienced police officers who had handled many cases and had seen their fair share of bloody crime scenes. But none of those could match the blood and gore of the slaughter they had just witnessed here. It was like hell on earth.
Chong Shange and Chu Yunxiong sat together, looking at the storm raging outside and pondered on the fate of one man. Their faces revealed complex emotions that could hardly be expressed in words. They had already found out that Xiao Luo had killed Long Sankui and over 200 of his men in just in a single night, and that he had also been caught by the police. No matter how they looked at it, they couldn’t ignore the crime.
“Ahh, Little Luo, why didn’t you control yourself?”
Chu Yunxiong sighed and mumbled to himself. In fact, in recent times, he had been paying close attention to Xiao Luo’s actions. He had known about Xiao Luo breaking up the vice rings, the fights, and the anti-narcotics campaigns. He had monitored Xiao Luo’s every step, and sometimes he even found himself applauding the intrepid hero.
The Dragon Gang was already slowly heading towards destruction, so why, at this very last moment, did Xiao Luo have to go directly to the villa to wipe them out? Sooner or later, evidence of Long Sankui’s crimes was bound to surface. And then given enough time with his identity as a police officer, Xiao Luo could arrest Long Sankui. Wouldn’t that have been perfect?
Chu Yunxiong’s heart was filled with a sense of regret, and how the whole affair had turned out was something he found difficult to reconcile with. Although he had a strong influence on authorities in Jiangcheng, he was just a businessman at the end of the day. The law was an imposing mountain in front of Xiao Luo, which he failed to negotiate. And once he had committed murder, even if he were the emperor, he would still be subjected to the same trials as his fellow citizens.
However, he was still committed to putting in as much effort as he could. He promptly took out his mobile phone and dialed Ge Zhongtian’s lawyer, requesting that he started preparing immediately and do his absolute best to defend Xiao Luo in court.
At the police headquarters, several unexpected guests dropped into Fan Changlong’s office.
A middle-aged man had visited, accompanied by two tall and well-limbed men.
All three men were well-dressed, looking smart and dapper in their sleek suits. They carried themselves well, with a confident and dignified air. The middle-aged man’s hair was all white, but it did not seem to have affected his rigor and spirit. He stood upright, holding his walking stick directly in front of him and looked directly at the chief with a slight smile.
When he saw the middle-aged man, Fan Changlong was pleasantly surprised and immediately put down whatever he was doing. He hurriedly stood up to welcome him.
The middle-aged man smiled slightly: “Changlong, I haven’t seen you for a long time. I hope my sudden visit here won’t be interrupting your work?”
“No, what are you saying? From the bottom of my heart, I can’t express how glad I am that Old Captain has come to visit me. Please, take a seat.”
Fan Changlong’s face was brimming with joy. He cordially invited the middle-aged man to take a seat on the sofa in the office, then turned to pour tea. But, at the same time, he was a little puzzled. The old captain now headed the state secret service, NSA, in Xiahai City. Why was he here, and what’s more, why was he here in the middle of the night? Was it related to Xiao Luo?
“Changlong, I came here to bail out a particular person,” the middle-aged man said, straight to the point. He gave a respectful smile.
Upon hearing this, Fan Changlong almost stumbled and spilled the cup of tea he had just poured for the captain.
He came over with the cup of tea and asked with a smile: “Captain, who do you want to bail out?”
The middle-aged man said the name clearly.
Fan Changlong was taken aback, and a host of questions immediately ran through his mind. So the old captain had really come for Xiao Luo. And since when did Xiao Luo have a relationship with the NSA? Why was he so important that even the old captain had come all the way here in person to bail him out.
“Old Captain, this…”
“I know this will put you in a challenging position, but I have to bail out Xiao Luo no matter what he did or what crimes he has committed. He must remain safe. As for why he should be bailed out, this is an NSA secret and confidential matter,” the middle-aged man said calmly. He still had a smile on his face.
Fan Changlong was dumbfounded. This was the first time he saw his old captain being this insistent and persevering.
“Old Captain, I know that the NSA is higher up the order than the police force, but Xiao Luo is a criminal who killed more than two hundred people in one night. At the crime scene, it looked like a river entirely of flowing blood…”
The middle-aged man waved and interrupted, “But what he killed were the social tumors, am I right?”
“When I left that year, I also instructed you to bring Long Sankui to justice and eradicate the forces of the Dragon Gang. I did mention that, right?” the middle-aged man interrupted mercilessly again.
Fan Changlong bowed his head, feeling the pressure. He could only reply with a single word: “Yes.”
“Then, after so many years that have passed, why hasn’t Long Sankui been apprehended yet? What’s more, he was allowed to establish an underworld empire. Are you to avoid taking responsibility for this?” The smile of the middle-aged man had long since disappeared, and his face now carried a stern expression. It was looking like the elders reprimanding the juniors for committing mistakes.
Fan Changlong’s forehead began to sweat. He realized that the old leader was threatening him. The NSA had the power to sanction corrupt officials, both internally and externally. If they decided to investigate whether he was in cahoots with the underworld gangs and if he was involved in their dealings, then his career would end right then and there.
The middle-aged man leaned back, and further elaborated on his point, “What you didn’t manage to do, Xiao Luo has done for you. Although the methods were a little brutal, everything he did has accomplished more good than harm.”
His methods were only a “little” brutal?
Was this really only a little brutal?
Fan Changlong wanted to refute his argument, but this man was his former captain, so he had to choose his words carefully.
“Old Captain, it is a fact that Xiao Luo has committed murder. Furthermore, he is probably the ‘Mr. X’ we have always been looking for.”
The middle-aged man looked directly into Fan Changlong’s eyes, and said with a tinge of disappointment, “Probably? When did you stop being particular about evidence?”
Fan Changlong stood his ground and sternly said, “As long as he in custody and interrogated, we will surely get the truth out of him.”
The middle-aged man smiled mockingly and responded, “Now that I have left, I have no authority to give you orders anymore. That’s true, there’s no reason for you to listen to me now.”
Fan Changlong’s mind was shaken, and he stood up straight, “Old Captain, I can’t bear what you just said to me. In my heart, I have always regarded you with respect and admiration. I also see you as my mentor. However, this problem with Xiao Luo is not a simple matter. It’s more than two hundred lives. No matter what, he cannot escape the law.”
“Then I’ll have to ask you, what is the purpose of having a law system?”
“To maintain social relations and public order, to support the country’s stability and sustain long-term development,” Fan Changlong answered.
The middle-aged man nodded, “Since you know that the fundamental purpose of the law is to support the stability of the country and its sustainable long-term development, then I’ll tell you now that the existence of Xiao Luo is to enable to the country to remain stable and sustainable for our long-term development. If you put him in jail or let the court sentence him to death, I can tell you that our country will soon become turbulent, and a devastating catastrophe will soon befall us!”
Fan Changlong broke out in a cold sweat. He thought to himself, “What is it about Xiao Luo that makes him this important to the country?”
Knock, knock, knock.
Just at that moment, someone was at the door.
The team leaders Gu Qianlin and Ye Wensong walked in.
Seeing the middle-aged man, Gu Qianlin’s eyes widened in disbelief.